The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh says that Nigeria may suffer a scarcity of cow meat in the near future.
The Minister spoke yesterday ahead of the National Conference on Transformation of the Livestock scheduled to hold in Abuja from Tuesday, said the scarcity will arise due to the huge number of cows consumed daily without commensurate calving.
The Minister disclosed that Nigeria faces an economic danger if the number of cows slaughtered and consumed as meat on a daily basis is not considered.
“The way we are consuming cows, slaughtering them is quite alarming. Lagos alone consumes 6,000 cows a day, that’s the figure at abattoirs, not figure from birthday parties and burial ceremonies and so on. Imagine what Port Harcourt consumes; or Umuahia, Abuja, Kano, Kaduna and Maiduguri.
“If you add it up, we may be eating up to 80,000 to 90,000 cows a day and we are not calving as many. Which means a day will come, if the West Africans don’t come into Nigeria with their cows, we may find out we have no cattle. So that’s an economic danger that faces us.”
It would be recalled that Audu Ogbeh recently said It is now mandatory for undergraduate students of Federal Universities of Agriculture, to own
farms of their own before they can graduate from the schools.
He directed all Federal Universities of Agriculture, to ensure that every student in their institution owns viable farmlands on campus from 200-level till
“Every undergraduate must- and I repeat- must own a farm on campus from 200 level. We are training high-level young farmers who, even before graduating, should have started earning a living.
“We should be training graduates who should be going straight into production, with credit support from their alma-Mata, produce chicken, eggs,
goats, milk, set up meat laboratories, bake bread and above all produce and sell large quantities of high-quality hybrid seeds,” he said.